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Notebook: Groundhog Day Luncheon

Stanford, Smith to be honored in 2014

February 4, 2014 · @MTAthletics

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The 41st annual Groundhog Day Luncheon took place on Tuesday at Murphy Center, with the traditional menu of ham hocks, white beans, tomato salad and corn bread served, the 2014 squad introduced, and legends of MT baseball honored.

STANFORD PATCH ANNOUNCED
The Blue Raiders will wear a sleeve patch in 2014 to honor long-time Blue Raider coach John Stanford, who passed away in July. The circular patch will feature a blue outline, with Stanford's number - 16 - in blue. Stanford's signature will be placed over the number.

Images of the patch will be included in next week's Notebook.

STATUES FOR STANFORD, SMITH
In addition to the sleeve patch for 2014, Stanford and another man who was instrumental in the growth of the Middle Tennessee baseball program will be honored with statues.

The Stanford statue will stand in front of Reese Smith Field along with a statue of the man whose name graces the stadium, Reese Smith, Jr. Smith's son, Steve, was in attendance for Tuesday's luncheon, in addition to Coach Stanford's wife, Nancy.

LIPSCOMB HOME AND AWAY GAMES SWAPPED
Middle Tennessee and Lipscomb have switched home dates for their series this March due to a scheduling conflict for the Bisons. The Blue Raiders will now play at Lipscomb on March 18 at 6 p.m., before hosting the Bisons at 6 p.m. on March 25.

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